Warm Arugula Vichyssois

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil

2 leeks, green parts discarded, white parts washed and chopped 

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 

4 Yukon gold potatoes (about 1 pound), peeled and diced 

4 cups low-sodium chicken broth 

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes 

One 4-inch Parmesan cheese rind 

One 5-ounce container baby arugula (about 6 cups)

2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice 

3 tablespoons mascarpone cheese


Heat a medium Dutch oven over medium-high heat and add 2 tablespoons of the oil. Add the leeks and salt and cook, stirring often, until the leeks are very soft, about 5 minutes. Add the potatoes and stir to combine. Cook for an additional 2 minutes to let the flavors marry. Stir in the chicken broth and pepper flakes. Add the cheese rind and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium low to maintain a gentle simmer and cook until the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes. Stir in the arugula and cook until wilted, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat and discard the cheese rind.

Add the remaining 1/4 cup olive oil and the lemon juice. Using a handheld blender, puree until completely smooth. Ladle into bowls or cups and top evenly with the mascarpone.

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